Guest Editor Kevin Smith: The five coolest people I've met at the San Diego Comic-Con (Part 1)

Kevin-Smith-Robert-Downey_l Robert Downey Jr.
Comic-Con 2007: The Con the Iron Man trailer debuted (the July before its May 2008 opening). RDJ was in town, big pimpin’ his Starkness. He and the Iron Man entourage emerged from a freight elevator onto a loading dock at the back of the venue, where I was smoking a cigarette, waiting for a ride. We made brief eye contact, but I’m the guy who never says “hi” to anybody for fear they’ll be like “I hate your stuff.” Proving he’s the bigger man, Downey stepped over, extended his hand, and introduced himself. Class act. We exchanged pleasantries and moved on, but that was always the classiest Con move I’ve ever seen.

Neil Gaiman(author of the Sandman comic series and the novella Coraline, among others)
At last year’s Comic-Con, backstage. I’ve always loved Neil’s writing, so what a delight and relief it was to discover him a sweetheart. He’s now a Tweep on Twitter (@neilhimself).

Joe Quesada & Jimmy Palmiotti
Comic-Con ’95. Then, the rock stars of the comics world, with their Event Comics label, I met Jimmy and Joe at an early Mallrats sneak screening. Afterward, they offered to do artwork for the opening credits, and our friendship began. The boys gave me instant access into a world I’d been interested in even longer than cinema, and years later, they invited me to play in their sandbox.

Alright, this is starting to sound like a gay awakening (which was years later). Lemme dial it back…

Joe and Jimmy asked me to write an arc on Daredevil. That arc was called “Guardian Devil” — later deemed “a modern masterpiece” by respected critic “A. Customer” on This led to me doing a bunch of comics for a while, most of them late, all of them fun to do. Thanks to Joe and Jimmy, I’ve been featured in the pages of Wizard Magazine something like 19,842 times.

Check back later today for Smith's final two coolest encounters from Comic-Con's past, including Leslie Mann…

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  • LiteraryLuvChild

    OMG, Kevin Smith and Robert Downey Jr in the same space…the hotness factor must have been off the Charts. That Kevin Smith is one fine piece of Director/Actor/Writer/Comic/Silent Bob Meat. RDJ is sexy too.

  • ScottyDal

    You’re far too hard on yourself when it comes to worrying if a celeb doesn’t like your stuff. I think most respect you because you cut through the Hollywood BS that they to have to grudge through as well. Stay golden, Ponyboy.

  • janmazzone

    Mr K, you seem to be the most down to earth of men, truly the highest compliment I could pay a celeb
    ( after talent, of course) . Plus U R super horny!!


    You ARE a celeb! Don’t tell me the other celebs intimidate you! :)


    or is it all people that intimidate you? either way…… silly boy!

  • bruno

    didn’t kevin smith once refer to EW as toilet paper…? hmmmm….i smeel someone desperte for publicity and relevance.

  • Debbie Barsotti

    Neil Gaiman is a total sweetheart to his non celeb fans too.

  • Belvis

    “by respected critic “A. Customer” on”
    I love that fracking line.

  • Gavin

    Debbie Barsotti – so true. Neil actually answers email from fans, has time for the people who buy his books and loves his work. A real gent.

  • Jason C.

    bruno: Kevin Smith says he’s a press whore, so it’s not like you’re saying anything we don’t know! He gets giddy if his name is just mentioned, even if it’s on Entourage where they’re typically making fun of him.

  • katie

    He is awesome. I like his work.

  • StarR

    First of all, the only Kevin Smith I ever knew was Kevin Smith who played Ares God Of War on ‘Xena Warrior Princess’. He was killed when he fell from a building while filming another movie. No one ever says anything about him or what a fine actor he was. Nobody could fill his shoes, not nobody. I found out things about him after he was gone, I’d rather not have known, and still had his talents instead. Such as, he was married and had children he left. And he could sing and had a band. I couldn’t even find an article in the newspaper about him after he left us, that’s how little the US of A cared about his talent. It’s sad. I really enjoyed him in Xena. He was a fine actor and deserved better from the press and everyone else. They should be ashamed. I Love Kevin Smirh and feel bad for his family and his family on Xena. Take it for what it’s worth, but I bet I’m not the only one who feels this way. They just haven’t got it in them to say so. Ares Rocked. And so did Kevin Smith!!!

  • StarR

    The Kevin Smith I know is dearly departed this earth. He was Ares God Of War in ‘Xena Warrior Princess’. I watched him 4 six years claim is Love 4 Xena. He was a fine actor. The USA must not of thought so though, cause I never found anything in a US newspaper about his death. What I found out I got from ‘The Xena Fan Club’ of which I’ve been a member 14yrs. I found out things about Kevin Smith after he left us that I would rather of not known, and still had his talent with us. Like, he was married and left children behind. He could sing and had a band. I hear he was always making people laugh on the set too. I feel bad 4 his family, his real family and his Xena family. Nobody could fill his shoes, not nobody. And it was unfair 4 the press not to write an article about him for any US paper. I was saddened to find nothing. And I’m sure if there are Ares fans or Xena fans out there they feel the same as I do, they just haven’t got it in them to say so. I Love Ares and Kevin. Ares Rocked.

  • Dominic

    So glad to know I’m not the only one who lusts after KS. Woof!

  • Sam

    You don’t introduce yourself to people because you are too afraid that they dislike your movies? A little self-obsessed are we?

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